Paula G. Allen-Meares (born 1948) is an American academic who served as the chancellor of the University of Illinois at Chicago from 2009 to 2015. She has a background in social work.
Allen-Meares was raised in Buffalo, New York. She completed her undergraduate education at SUNY Buffalo, and then undertook postgraduate studies in social work at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign (UIUC). While completing her doctorate, she worked for the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. She joined the UIUC faculty in 1975, and in 1990 was made dean of the School of Social Work. In 1993, Allen-Meares joined the University of Michigan as dean of the School of Social Work. She also chair of the University Health Sciences Council. During her tenure, the School of Social Work's endowment increased from $1 million to $42.3 million.
Allen-Meares's appointment as chancellor of the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) was announced in June 2008, and her term commenced in January 2009. As chancellor, she successfully lobbied for UIC to host the Barack Obama Presidential Center. Allen-Meares's initial five-year term was extended to January 2015, but not renewed thereafter; in August 2014, the UIC faculty senate had passed a motion of no confidence 44–9. She received an exit bonus of $98,440 on top of a $437,244 annual salary, which was criticized by faculty representatives.
- THE UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT CHICAGO WELCOMES CHANCELLOR PAULA ALLEN-MEARES, University of Illinois Foundation, January 14, 2009. Retrieved November 27, 2017.
- Paula G. Allen-Meares, PhD, University of Illinois Chicago. Retrieved November 27, 2017.
- Norma Radin Collegiate Professor Emerita of Social Work, Professor Emerita of Education and Dean Emerita, University of Michigan. Retrieved November 27, 2017.
- Paula Allen-Meares named chancellor of UIC, Illinois News Bureau, June 19, 2008. Retrieved November 27, 2017.
- Paula Allen-Meares on UIC's Pitch for President Barack Obama's Presidential Library, The Chicago Network, June 9, 2014. Retrieved November 27, 2017.
- UIC faculty vote no confidence in chancellor, Chicago Tribune, August 29, 2014. Retrieved November 27, 2017.
- On her way out, UIC chancellor gets $100,000 bonus, Chicago Tribune, January 15, 2015. Retrieved November 27, 2017.